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It's a full on day of rain outside. The backyard is a soup of ice and slush. The sidewalks are minefields of thawed poop. The parks are slime, goop and crud. I opt to spend the day inside. I'm on the computer. Rocky is beside me, sleeping, dream kicking and farting.

Rocky farts a lot these days. No manners left. It's like he doesn't care anymore. Sometimes Elizabeth and I will be watching a movie and one of us will get a waft and try to fan it away, to no avail of course. It's like trying to fan away mustard gas. You can't fan away that which is omnipresent.

"Put the blanket over him," Elizabeth says.

I put the blanket on him, double it up even, a futile attempt to keep the gases contained.

"You have to tuck it in around his ass," she says.

It's the Dutch oven strategy but the blanket is too porous and can't hold back the inevitable. We wait. We know it will come.

First, there's just a hint of it and you think maybe it won't be so bad. But hope is soon dashed and if farts could sing, we'd have a hallelujah choir in our living room. Elizabeth and I furiously try to wave the vapours away. Elizabeth pulls her sweater up over her nose. It's the gas mask strategy which we both know doesn't work but you have to try, right?

I'm not sure if we just build up a tolerance or the odor actually dissipates but after a few minutes, we breathe easy again. We relax, fall back into the movie, forget about the stink grenade lying beside us.

And then, "Phfft."

1 Comment to “Off gassing”

  1. Biscuit says:

    Rocky is awesome. As usual.

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.